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Tampopo (1985)(The Criterion Collection) Blu-ray
 
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Tampopo Blu-ray

Criterion | 1985 | 114 min | Not rated | Apr 25, 2017

Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
Japanese: LPCM Mono

Discs
Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD-50)
UPC 715515195911


Tampopo (1985)(The Criterion Collection) Blu-ray

In this humorous paean to the joys of food, the main story is about trucker Goro who rides into town like a modern Shane to help Tampopo set up the perfect fast-food noodle restaurant. Woven into this main story are a number of smaller stories about the importance of food, ranging from a gangster who mixes hot sex with food to an old lady terrorizing a shopkeeper by compulsive squeezing of his wares.

Director: Jûzô Itami
Starring: Ken Watanabe, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Nobuko Miyamoto, Mariko Okada



Tampopo

Synopsis: The tale of an eccentric band of culinary ronin who guide the widow of a noodle shop owner on her quest for the perfect recipe, this rapturous "ramen western" by Japanese director Juzo Itami is an entertaining, genre-bending adventure underpinned by a deft satire of the way social conventions distort the most natural of human urges, our appetites. Interspersing the efforts of Tampopo (Nobuko Miyamoto) and friends to make her café a success with the erotic exploits of a gastronome gangster and glimpses of food culture both high and low, the sweet, sexy, and surreal Tampopo is a lavishly inclusive paean to the sensual joys of nourishment, and one of the most mouthwatering examples of food on film ever made.

Special Features:
- New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
- The Making of "Tampopo," a ninety-minute documentary from 1986, narrated by director Juzo Itami
- New interview with actor Nobuko Miyamoto
- New interviews with ramen scholar Hiroshi Osaki; food stylist Seiko Ogawa; and American chefs Sam White, Rayneil De Guzman, Jerry Jaksich, and Anthony Bourdain
- Rubber Band Pistol, Itami's 1962 debut short film
- New video essay by Tony Zhou and Taylor Ramos on the film's themes of self-improvement and mastery of a craft
- Trailer
- New English subtitle translation
- PLUS: An essay by food and culture writer Willy Blackmore

STREET DATE: APRIL 25.

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